CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Prairie State College speech team was named co-regional champions in Individual Events and received the silver medal overall (Individual Events and Debate) during the Phi Rho Pi Region 4 Speech Tournament at Elgin Community College. This is the first team gold medal for a PSC team at regional competition since 2007.
Team member Nicholas Williams, of Homewood, received a gold medal in both speech to entertain and program oral interpretation, a silver medal in both poetry interpretation and persuasive speaking, and received the Cheri Corey Award for Individual Sweepstakes, making him the regional champion as top overall speaker. He is the first PSC speech team member to win the award.
Other individual awards included Matt Jiles, of Flossmoor, silver medal for impromptu speaking; Sarah Hill, of Harvey, silver medal in both prose interpretation and dramatic interpretation; and Jasmine Ross, of Richton Park, bronze medal in dramatic interpretation and silver medal in persuasive speaking. Also competing with the team was Liz Rossi, of Crete.
The team was coached by PSC professors David Naze, Ed Schwarz, and Elighie Wilson.
"We believe in quality of events over quantity of events and it is starting to pay off," said team member Hill.